1. What did you do in 2015 that you’d never done before?
I went to Hawaii and Portland, Oregon.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
(1) Lose weight. I didn’t lose 30 pounds, but I am about 10 pounds down from last year. It was impossible last year because I was sleep deprived, stressed, and miserable at my job. This year my sleep is better, I’m much less stressed, and I love my job.
(2) Stay focused. Yes! It’s easier to stay focused when you like your work. Also, when you have too much work to do, it’s easier to stay focused.
(3) Get organized. I’m getting there.
(1) Lose weight. I’d like to lose 20 more pounds. I think I can do it this year since I don’t have the stress and I work from home where I’ve been eating salads for lunch.
(2) Avoid having to toss any produce from our CSA. I was doing really well until we went to Hawaii. Our neighbor picked up the CSA and then returned it a few days later minus a few bags of greens, potatoes, and brussels sprouts. He said there was no way he and his wife could keep up with the amount of produce.
Since then we’ve been eating greens and greens and cabbage and squash. We were watching a documentary the other night about how Panda Bears eat 40 pounds of bamboo leaves a day. I asked Jon if he ever felt like a Panda Bear because of the CSA and he responded with an emphatic yes.
In general I love the CSA, though. Have you heard of the studies where they determine that people are happier when they have fewer options? That’s how I feel about having to use CSA food. I enjoy making recipes to fit the produce. For example, I had no idea how many different dishes could involve cabbage. You can even make coleslaw and put it on top of corn pancakes.
(3) Make time to get a personal trainer or take bootcamp classes. We live in a great area of SLC with many different types of gyms nearby. I get so wrapped up in work, suddenly it’s 5:30 pm and I’m done with work. But I really want to make time to get out and exercise. I’ll feel so much better if I can workout.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Tess gave birth! Lots of people I only communicate with on Facebook gave birth.
4. Did anyone close to you die?
5. What countries did you visit?
None, but Hawaii feels like a different country.
6. What would you like to have in 2016 that you lacked in 2015?
I’m looking forward to have more detailed conversations with Ava. We have a lot of conversations now, but it’s going to get so much better in the next year.
7. What dates from 2015 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
May 11th was Ava’s first birthday.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I’m me again! I have interests, and confidence, and I’m not just bumbling around wishing I could sleep!
9. What was your biggest failure?
In between ending my previous job and starting my new job I took a programming class that went very badly. I wish I had had the ability to complete it but I lacked the time and abilities. I probably won’t go back to taking classes for a very long time, if ever. It’s not at all necessary for my job, but it would have been nice to have that degree.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
11. What was the best thing you bought?
All the baking equipment has been great. I love cooking!
12. Where did most of your money go?
The mortgage and Ava’s nanny.
13. What did you get really excited about?
I am having so much fun at this new job. It has more variety than I used to get and I’m doing pharmaceutical/medical device work! Some if it is really gross, which is exciting in its own right.
14. What songs will always remind you of 2015?
I’ve been listening to a lot of music, but not enough to have an association with 2015.
15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
– happier or sadder? Happier.
– thinner or fatter? Thinner.
– richer or poorer? Richer!
16. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Sleep, but it’s hard to get up and go to bed when life is so busy and Ava gives us so little down time.
17. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Worry about money. Try to make things work with Ava’s old nanny. Her new nanny is 100 times better.
18. How did you spend Christmas?
Making my best galette yet!
19. What was your favorite TV program?
Master of None is a really smart tv show. It’s a great show in the middle of so many shows I used to like that are now awful or average at best. I’m looking at you Game of Thrones, Orange is the New Black, The New Girl, and The Walking Dead.
20. What were your favorite books of the year?
“We Are Not Ourselves” by Matthew Thomas was the best book I read in 2015. I normally try to avoid fiction unless it’s a classic, but this year I let myself read more because I was tired and I wanted to read whatever seemed good. This is a fantastic book that follows two generations of a family.
I also liked “Gone Girl,” “A Girl in a Band” by Kim Gordon, and “Not My Father’s Son” by Alan Cumming.
21. What was your favorite music from this year?
I listened to a lot of Spotify suggestions and my own Spotify playlist. Nothing specific really.
22. What were your favorite films of the year?
Gone Girl was great. We rewatched Back to the Future I and II because we’ve passed the date when they send Marty to the future.
23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 35 and I worked.
24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
I think it was pretty satisfying.
25. What kept you sane?